Crunching the Numbers for Your Healthiest 2016

We’re 3 weeks into the New Year, people. How are those resolutions going?

Is your will-power a force to be reckoned with, or does your lack of motivation beg the question, “why even keep up this charade?”

Or, maybe you’re like me and would rather take a neutral stance on this whole “resolution” business. I believe in setting (and achieving!) positive intentions for self-improvement…but those stereotypical “must-fit-into-skinny-jeans-by-such-and-such-arbitrary-date” goals? Hard pass.

In order for any lifestyle change to have staying power, it’s gotta be 3 things—realistic,  fulfilling and sustainable. 

Exhibit A: “I will lose 15 pounds before bikini season.” Slim chance for long-term success. No action plan whatsoever…just wishful thinking, fueled by body shame. And, ultimately doomed to fail.

Exhibit B: “I will engage in regular physical exertion and choose whole foods over processed ingredients because my health takes priority.” Now, this meets all the requirements for success. A clearly stated initiative with tangible benefits and definitive follow-through potential. Ding…ding…ding. We have a winner!

So, in the interest of tackling realistic, fulfilling and sustainable (yep, those magic words are back!) wellness goals throughout 2016, I’ve teamed up with Chobani Simply 100ÂŽ Crunch and their “crunch the numbers” fitness campaign.

You don’t need an expensive gym membership or unlimited free time to add more movement into your daily grind. If you’ve got a body and about 30 spare minutes, these 100 calorie-burning activities will be right up your alley. Take that, New Year’s resolutions! (mic drop—optional.)

12 fun ways to burn 100 calories

Special thanks to Chobani for providing the infographic featured in this post. I’m proud to support their Crunch the Numbers campaign to “live life lighter” throughout 2016.

Gameday Ready Grub…Oh, and with a Side of Guilt-Free!

Football season is underway, so when your team takes the field, you’ll need a spread of crave-able munchies for all those hungry fans shouting at your TV screen.

But don’t just settle for store-bought potato chips or delivery pizza. Score a touchdown in the “yum” department with scratch-made inspiration, courtesy of Chobani Greek Yogurt.

Your next weekend tailgate will be the envy of your block, thanks to these bite-size pretzels and tart, creamy dip. The recipe packs a crowd pleasing flavor punch from its secret ingredient — Greek yogurt.

With naturally crafted smoothness, wholesome protein benefits and full-bodied taste, Chobani clinches the win for this irresistible game changer. And did I mention it’s healthy? Yup…so, you won’t even need to resist!

Snack away, football fanatics. Snack away.
Mini Pretzel Twists with Tangy Greek Yogurt Dip

Ingredients (for the pretzels):

2 cups Whole Wheat Flour*

3/4 cup Water (filtered, if possible)

2 tbsp. Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt

1 1/4 tsp. Active Dry Yeast

1 tsp. Liquid Stevia

1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

*Make this recipe gluten-free by substituting any of these alternatives.

Greek yogurt pretzel ingredients

Ingredients (for the dip):

1 cup Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt

3 tbsp. Avocado (mashed)

1/2 tsp. Smoked Paprika

1/4 tsp. RawSpiceBar Kaffir Lime Blend

1/4 tsp. Chipotle Paste (or, to taste)

1/4 tsp. Sea Salt

Greek yogurt dip ingredients

Preparation:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and coat a baking sheet with non-stick Cooking Spray.
  2. Pour the Water and Yeast into a mixing bowl, then allow the yeast to soak for approximately 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the Greek Yogurt, Salt and Stevia to the water mixture, then stir to combine.
  4. Stir in the Flour (or gluten-free substitute) until the ingredients form a Dough consistency.
  5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface to prevent sticking and knead it into a ball.Greek yogurt pretzel dough
  6. Cut the dough into 4 equal sections and roll each section into a long, skinny rope.
  7. Form the ropes into a Pretzel shape, then transfer them onto the baking sheet — 1/2″ apart from each other.
  8. Cook the pretzels for 10 minutes, then place them under the broiler for 1 minute, or until golden-brown.
  9. Remove the pretzels from the oven and brush a thin layer of Olive Oil over them, if desired.
  10. Greek yogurt pretzelCombine all the Dip ingredients in a blender or food processor, then puree until smooth.
  11. Transfer the dip into a serving bowl — and commence dunking those pretzels to your heart’s content!

Note: This recipe yields 4 pretzels, so for large gatherings, adjust the ingredient amounts accordingly.

Greek yogurt pretzel and dip

Greek yogurt pretzel taste test

Alcohol not included. Sorry, guys!

Enjoyed these tasty twisties as much as I did? Share ’em on social media, using the hashtag #MadeWithChobani, or check out their recipe page for more must-try ideas!